A note to worship musicians

I came across this great post from Karl Verkade that is very worthy of being shared.

Here is a portion of the post, which refers to a worship team making a musical mistake:

Yes, no one noticed that things were wrong. But had they been right, I can almost guarantee you they would have noticed. Often times in performances (yes, I’m referring to church as a ‘performance’…there’s a stage, we do solo’s, and we create a production…), church and otherwise, we have a mindset of thinking that if we can get it good enough to where no one notices that it was wrong, then we’re okay. But is that really our goal? To be just not wrong enough to where people don’t notice? Because in reality, people probably are not going to notice enough to say something unless it’s a complete train wreck. All the stuff in between train wreck and amazing? More than likely, no one will ever notice enough to say that it was bad. But. If it was amazing? You can be sure that it would touch people. And that is the goal. Not to simply not have people think it’s wrong; but to touch people when it’s right!

I hear this all the time when it comes to tone. Statements like, ‘Come on…who’s gonna notice the difference between a Tim and an SD1?’ And the answer is, of course, no one. No one’s going to come up to you after you play an SD1 and say how bad your tone sounded. And after playing a Tim, no one’s going to come up to you and say how good your tone sounded. But after playing the Tim, they might come up to you and say how good the music overall sounded, although they won’t know why. (Nothing against the classic and lovely SD1.) That’s what we’re going for. Not ‘no one said it was bad’, but ‘people were moved.’

There is nothing wrong with times when the music or your tone is just simply, ‘Well, no one noticed it was wrong.’ Those times happen, and in a church situation, many times God still works in spite of us. But in giving our absolute best into everything we do, we cannot leave that thought that incomplete. We cannot be satisfied with ‘they didn’t notice it was wrong.’ Because when it’s right? They notice. They may not have noticed it was wrong…but they will notice when it’s right. When it touches them. When it takes them from indifference to impassioned.

They won’t notice when it’s wrong, but they will notice when it’s right.

This is great food for thought, for musicians on any instrument.  If our goal as christian musicians is to touch/change people using music, then we always have to strive for nailing the material, not just getting through it.  All of the small details and nuances do matter.

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fast countdown timer

We’ve been making our own 5 minute countdown timers for the last several months, which can be done easily in ProPresenter by throwing the timer over a logo, or video loop.  However, we like being able to have 1 countdown video (a video loop of our current series graphic) that also contains music (of our choosing) behind it, with volume fades properly automated.  So, I’ve been using AfterEffects, and Final Cut to make it happen.  It’s actually pretty simple…

Here is a script to make it work, as well as some brief instructions.

 

the best of men…

Beginning empty-handed and alone frightens the best of men.  It also speaks volumes of just how confident they are that God is with them.

[ A Tale of Three Kings ]

When I read the quote above, I immediately thought of Vintage Church.  I am so proud and honored to be involved in a church/movement that started, and is somewhat still “beginning empty-handed and alone”.  People often ask me if Vintage is being funded by another organization, and if people from other churches came to start Vintage.  The answer is no, Vintage began empty-handed and alone, but God is with us.

I am very thankful for the courage of our pastor and leader who is confident that God is with us.  He is a leader worth following, and this church/movement is worth jumping head first into.

 

 

ode 12:4

” We are called to be the interpreters of His beauty,

and the narrators of His glory,

and the confessors of His purpose,

and the preachers of His mind,

and the teachers of His works. ”

 

… we are called to be the interpreters of His beauty …

.: We’re not here to make s’mores :.

I just read this and thought it was an incredible way to explain the importance of worship rehearsals.

 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking rehearsal is just a time to get together and play through some songs. It’s not. That’s what a campfire is for. Rehearsals are for the congregation. So make them as efficient and effective as possible, for the sake of your congregation, the health of your team, and all for the glory of God.

 

Enough said…